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Rival plans filed to end Cleveland schools federal oversight

CLEVELAND — Local school officials and the Justice Department have filed with a Mississippi federal court competing plans to desegregate the Cleveland, Miss., school system. The Cleveland school district is seeking to come out from under federal oversight that has been in place since 1965, when plaintiffs sued the Bolivar County school system, including Cleveland, […] [...]

Judge names receiver for KiOR plant, but tax payment unclear

JACKSON — A Lowndes County judge has appointed a receiver to watch over KiOR’s Columbus biofuel refinery, as owners and creditors seek a buyer. Chancery Judge Kenneth Burns on Monday named Derek Henderson, a Jackson lawyer who serves as a trustee in bankruptcy cases, as the receiver for the plant. The move came at the […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD — More jobs, but fewer with jobs, huh?

by Published: January 26,2015

Tags: Alabama, Business, education, jobs, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Bryant, Politics

“Mississippi added 8,800 more jobs in 2014 than in 2013,” so noted Gov. Phil Bryant in his optimistic State of the State address last week. Over the same period, 16,700 fewer Mississippians had jobs. So says the same report that the governor’s figure came from.   Huh?   The Mississippi Department of Employment Security, as […] [...]

Miss. casino revenue flat in December, down for all of 2014

JACKSON — Mississippi’s 17 casinos along the Mississippi River won less than $1 billion for gamblers last year for the first time since 1994. The decline along the river, punctuated by the June closing of the Harrah’s Tunica Hotel & Casino, continued to drag down overall gambling revenue in Mississippi in 2014. The statewide total […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Doug McDaniel credits the influence of his father for success

A critical function for leaders is to define the situation at hand for their organizations.  Napoleon is quoted as saying, “The role of the leader is to define reality and give hope.” Similarly, famed GECEO Jack Welch’s once said, “Deal with the world as it is, not how you’d like it to be.” Defining reality […] [...]

Three arrested for cattle rustling in Hinds County

JACKSON — Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith and the Mississippi Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau (MALTB), the law enforcement division of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, announced that three individuals were recently arrested for livestock theft and grand larceny for an incident that occurred on Pinehaven Drive in Hinds County. Lead MALTB […] [...]

Soap maker pays $50,000 fine for violating wastewater permit

OLIVE BRANCH — An Olive Branch soap maker is paying a $50,000 civil fine for failing to renew its wastewater permit on time and for increasing wastewater discharges. Marietta American agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The plant is a unit of hotel toiletries maker Marietta Corp. of Cortland, […] [...]

Hairston exiting early from Mississippi Gaming Commission

by Published: January 15,2015

Tags: Business, casinos, gaming, John Hairston, Mississippi, NEWS, Wally Carter

GULFPORT — Mississippi Gaming Commission member John Hairston says he will resign from regulatory board effective Jan. 31. Hairston was appointed to the Gaming Commission in 2005 and again in 2010. He made the announcement at a commission meeting Thursday. Hairston was recently named president and chief executive officer of Hancock Holding Co. and he […] [...]

Mississippi congressman Nunnelee takes oath in hospital

JACKSON — A Mississippi congressman who is recovering from a series of health problems took his oath of office Monday while hospitalized in his hometown. Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee was accompanied by family members as he was sworn in by U.S. District Judge Michael Mills at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, said his spokeswoman, […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Keep education funding out of the courts

The Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) that was designed to keep education funding out of court is now in court, and may stay there for years to come.   In the mid-90s, lawsuits popped up in many states over inadequate funding for schools, particularly those in impoverished areas. Mississippi was at risk because of its […] [...]

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